Noah's army searched for the people of the Lord, but they couldn't find them.
The people were divided, with much contention among them.
One strong man named Gideon swore that he'd kill the king.
When the king saw that Gideon was after him, he went up into the tower next to the temple.
6 And Gideon pursued after him and was about to get upon the tower to slay the king, and the king cast his eyes round about towards the land of Shemlon, and behold, the army of the Lamanites were within the borders of the land.
Gideon pursued the king and was about to slay him, when Noah saw that the Lamanites were preparing to attack the city.
He told Gideon that he shouldn't kill him now, or else his people will be killed by the Lamanites.
So Gideon spared his life.
The king his people ran into the wilderness, but the Lamanites caught up to them and began to kill them.
Then Noah commanded the men to abandon their wives and children, and to run for their lives.
Some of them did, but the others stayed with their families and tried to protect them by other means: by having their fair daughters beg the Lamanites not to kill them.
And it worked. The Lamanites were so taken by the beautiful daughters that the decided not to kill them.
15 Therefore the Lamanites did spare their lives, and took them captives and carried them back to the land of Nephi, and granted unto them that they might possess the land, under the conditions that they would deliver up king Noah into the hands of the Lamanites, and deliver up their property, even one half of all they possessed, one half of their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and thus they should pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites from year to year.
So the Lamanites said they'd allow them to return the land of Nephi if they agreed to give the Lamanites half of everything they owned and deliver King Noah to them.
Limhi was the son of King Noah, and though he was a just man, he didn't want his father to be killed.
18 And it came to pass that Gideon sent men into the wilderness secretly, to search for the king and those that were with him. And it came to pass that they met the people in the wilderness, all save the king and his priests.
Meanwhile, Gideon sent men to search for King Noah.
19 Now they had sworn in their hearts that they would return to the land of Nephi, and if their wives and their children were slain, and also those that had tarried with them, that they would seek revenge, and also perish with them.
The Nephites who fled into the wilderness were angry at King Noah for not letting them return to the land of Nephi.
So they burned Noah to death and made his righteous son, Limhi, king. Then they returned to the land of Nephi.
The people found the priests and were about to kill them too, but they escaped.
22 And it came to pass that they were about to return to the land of Nephi, and they met the men of Gideon. And the men of Gideon told them of all that had happened to their wives and their children; and that the Lamanites had granted unto them that they might possess the land by paying a tribute to the Lamanites of one half of all they possessed.
24 And it came to pass that after they had ended the ceremony, that they returned to the land of Nephi, rejoicing, because their wives and their children were not slain; and they told Gideon what they had done to the king.
As the people were returning to the land of Nephi, they met Gideon and told him they had killed the king.
26 And also Limhi, being the son of the king, having the kingdom conferred upon him by the people, made oath unto the king of the Lamanites that his people should pay tribute unto him, even one half of all they possessed.
The Lamanite king swore he wouldn't kill the people.
The people made Limhi the king and he promised to give the Lamanite king one-half of everything the people owned.
28 And the king of the Lamanites set guards round about the land, that he might keep the people of Limhi in the land, that they might not depart into the wilderness; and he did support his guards out of the tribute which he did receive from the Nephites.
The king of the Lamanites posted guards around the city to keep Limhi's people in the land.
And there was peace for two years.